Between Life and Death

A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care

Kathryn Butler, MD


Modern medical advances save countless lives. But for all their merits, sophisticated technologies have created a daunting new challenge, namely a blurring of the expanse between life and death. The dying process is often hidden behind a complex web of medical terminology, statistics, and ethical decisions, making it difficult for patients and loved ones to know how to approach the end of life in a dignity-affirming, God-honoring, faith-filled way.

This book offers a distinctly Christian guide to end-of-life care. It equips you by explaining common medical jargon, exploring biblical principles that connect to common medical situations, and offering guidance for making critical decisions. In these pages, you will find the medical knowledge and scriptural wisdom you need to navigate this painful and confusing process with clarity, peace, and discernment.

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Kathryn Butler, MD

Kathryn Butler, MD (Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons) is a trauma and critical care surgeon who trained at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she subsequently joined the faculty. In 2016 she left clinical practice to homeschool her children. She now writes regularly about faith, medicine, and special needs parenting for ministries such as Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition, as well as on her blog Oceans Rise. She lives with her family in the woods outside of Boston.